Liam Neeson voiced his issues with gun ownership in America during a conversation about the recent shooting at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.
“First off, my thoughts and prayers and my heart are with the deceased, and certainly with all of France, yesterday. I’ve got a lot of dear friends in Paris,” Neeson said during an interview in Dubai this week. "There's too many fucking guns out there. Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There's over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it's a fucking disgrace. Every week now we're picking up a newspaper and seeing, 'Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.'"
Neeson went on to deny that movies featuring firearms, such as his own "Taken" series, encourage people to buy guns, saying: "I grew up watching cowboy movies, loved doing that [gun gesture] with my fingers, 'Bang, bang, you're dead!' I didn't end up a killer. I think that's something the power of cinema can be."
According to estimates, there are between 270 million and 310 million guns in the U.S., the Pew Research Center has noted. With a population of about 300 million, that's one for every man, woman and child. In a 2013 Pew survey, 37 percent of Americans said someone in their household owned a gun.
The 62-year-old star, who was born in Ireland, echoed similar sentiments about gun control during a September interview with the Independent.
"I am totally for gun control in the U.S.," he said. "The population of America is roughly 300 million and there are 300 million guns in this country, which is terrifying."